10:08am PT by Eriq Gardner
Movie Producer Demands $1 Million for Uwe Boll's 'Intentional' Credit Misspelling
German director Uwe Boll is being sued for $1 million for "insulting" a producer on In the Name of the King: Two Worlds by misspelling the producer's name in the credits.
Bob Van Ronkel filed the case in Los Angeles Superior Court and claims that the misspelling was not an accident.
The producer says that he was a big part of the film by convincing Dolph Lundgren to star, but he got into a fight with Boll over his producer's fee. His credit was stripped before the sides worked out a compromise whereby Van Ronkel got an associate producer credit instead.
But Van Ronkel says that Boll kept a grudge by spelling his name as "Van Runkel" on the film's end titles, which then was misspelled on IMDb. His name also was allegedly left off the DVD box and marketing materials.
According to the lawsuit:
"Defendants and their Los Angeles legal counsel certainly were aware of how Mr. Van Ronkel's name was spelled (since his name was clearly set forth and properly spelled in the agreement and since Mr. Van Ronkel was previously listed on the IMDb website in accurate fashion). Accordingly, plaintiffs are informed and believe that defendants intentionally misspelled Mr. Van Ronkel's name on his credit on the picture, knowing that a true and accurate motion picture production credit was very important in the entertainment industry and to Mr. Van Ronkel and was material to and specifically bargained for in the agreement. By misspelling Mr. Van Ronkel's name, the value of the credit that he did receive was severely diminished and is insulting."
Van Ronkel is suing for breach of written contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud in the inducement, negligent misrepresentation, injunctive relief, specific performance and rescission.
The IMDb page for the film now lists Bob Van Ronkel as an associate producer "as Bob Van Runkel" in parentheticals.